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Treasure on the Mountain

Treasure on the Mountain Returns to Snowshoe WV

By on July 24, 2017

Treasure On The MountainImagine a place where the beauty of the outdoors meets a vibrant mountain community. Look no further than Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Snowshoe WV. Snowshoe Mountain Resort is “the” destination for adventurers during both summer and winter! Skiing and snowboarding in the winter, as well as ziplining, hiking, and a camp for kids in the summer. Snowshoe also features activities like golf, yoga, mountain biking and an onsite spa.
 
Snowshoe Mountain Resort is also known for its jam-packed event calendar. For the summer, there is an upcoming 5k run, music, and a brewery event. In the midst of this active resort is a giving spirit. The Snowshoe Foundation raises funds for initiatives that support local communities. These funds get distributed by way of scholarships.
 
Treasure on the Mountain is a large summer event that serves to engage visitors and the community alike. The Snowshoe Foundation is holding its annual Treasure on the Mountain raffle on August 5th, 2017.Treasure On The MountainDesigned to benefit Snowshoe WV, proceeds from the raffle will go back into programs that focus on children, youth, and family. The Snowshoe Foundation aims to improve the lives of residents and make Pocahontas County a better place to live.
 
The event features great food, music, local vendors, and enthusiastic patrons. The party is a great time that ensures that everyone in attendance will have fun regardless of if they have a winning ticket or not. It features vehicles, trips, and other items like a hot tub and jewelry thanks to the support of sponsors. It is the raffle of all raffles! Just a few of the prizes that will be given away include:
 
  • 2017 Jeep Renegade 4×4
  • Craftsman Pro Series Tractor w/ Bagger & Mulching Kit
  • 2017 Dodge Challenger V6
  • 2017 Sportsman 450
  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4×4
  • Hot Springs Rhythm 7 Person Hot Tub
  • 2017 Polaris General 1000
  • 5-night Bahama Cruise for 4 People
  • Ford F150 Crew Cab 4×4
Treasure On The MountainTickets for the event are $105 each and can be purchased online or from locations around town. View the list of participants here. Ticket holders need not attend the event to win. Treasure on the Mountain is one of three fundraisers that the Foundation hosts to raise money that benefits communities in the Pocahontas, Randolph and Webster Counties of West Virginia.
 
The Snowshoe Foundation is still accepting volunteers to help with the treasure on the Mountain event. They also accept donations through their website. Visit the Snowshoe Foundation to learn more about the work they do.
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Adventure Awaits at Camp Wildcat in Snowshoe WV

By on July 20, 2017

Set in the midst of 11,000 pristine acres of wilderness, Snowshoe WV is famous as one of the region’s top spots for skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports and activities. However, the truth is that Snowshoe Mountain Resort offers up endless possibilities for fun and adventure all year around. While the adults are enjoying a round of golf or a relaxing day of fishing on the nearby Elk River, the kids can immerse themselves in the all-day excitement of the Camp Wildcat children’s programs.

Snowshoe – The Perfect Spot for Camp Wildcat!

Situated in the heart of Snowshoe WV, Camp Wildcat is a children’s day camp program that runs every Thursday to Sunday until August 20. Children can either sign up to take part in a single-day program or a three-day package. The day camp is open to all children age 4 to 15, and when you sign up one child, any siblings that take part will receive special discounted rates. Even better, Camp Wildcat is entirely free for any children of current Snowshoe Lodging guests.
 
camp wildcatCamp Wildcat gives children the opportunity to explore, play and experience the fantastic mountain environment first-hand. The experienced camp guides accompany the children throughout the day to ensure a safe and entertaining environment with a focus learning, creativity and adventure. Depending on their age, children will be able to enjoy a wide range of fun and exciting activities, including nature hikes, swimming, canoeing, mountain biking and arts and crafts.
 
What’s in Store at Camp Wildcat? Camp Wildcat is split up into three separate age groups to ensure children can enjoy spending time with their peers and take part in age-appropriate activities.

Four to Six Year Olds.

The program for the younger kids is all about inspiring them to take an interest in nature and become more self-reliant. The Eurobungy and rock wall climbing activities allow the kids to push themselves in a safe, encouraging environment. A guide will lead the young ones on an educational nature hike that ends at the lake for an afternoon of swimming and lakeside games.

camp wildcatSeven to Eleven Year Olds.

The slightly older children get to take part in more adventure-based activities. Archery and horseback riding are sure to be a hit, and kids can also look forward to the excitement of downhill mountain biking, hiking and swimming in the lake.

Twelve to Fifteen Year Olds.

The schedule for the teenagers offers even more excitement and adventure. In addition to horseback riding, swimming and mountain biking, kids in this group can also take advantage of Segway and RZR tours, sporting clay shooting and stand-up paddleboard clinics amongst many other activities.
Camp Wildcat is the perfect place for children to gain a greater appreciation for nature, make new friends and learn new skills—all while having an absolute blast. Of course, with the kids gone for the day or weekend, all that’s left is to figure out how to spend your time. Luckily, Snowshoe has an almost endless array of opportunities for adults as well—no matter whether you’re looking for relaxation or excitement and adventure.
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Snowshoe Downhill Mountain Biking 2017 Race

By on July 9, 2017

Snowshoe Downhill Mountain BikingThe Snowshoe Downhill Mountain Biking race will be held at Snowshoe Ski Resort in Snowshoe WV, between July 17 and July 23. The championships include downhill, dual slalom, enduro or cross-country, and short track cross-country events. Three courses will be laid out on Cheat Mountain at the Snowshoe Ski Resort: the pro downhill course, the amateur downhill course, and the endurance course. Racers qualify at state and regional events throughout the year. Competitors are separated by male and female, age groups, and skill levels. Levels 2 and 3 compete in the non-championship events. Level 1 competitors are vying for the championship. The top 15 competitors in each group qualify to compete.

Race To Feature Variety Of Biking Styles

If you are not completely familiar with any of these events, here is a little background. Competitions at the Snowshoe Downhill Mountain Biking race are either endurance events or gravity-oriented such as the downhill. In downhill, competitors are timed as they race downhill individually. The person with the fastest time wins. The rough course includes jumps and drop-offs. Downhill bikes have a full suspension to provide a smooth ride, and the riders wear body armor, pads, and full-face helmets.

Dual slalom events pair two riders against each other on identical side-by-side courses. Riders weave in and out of gates as they descend the course. Then riders exchange courses and make a second run. The rider with the best time after two runs moves on to the next round. The other rider is eliminated.Snowshoe Downhill Mountain Biking

In Snowshoe Downhill Mountain Biking Cross-country events, all the competitors line up at the start line and take off at the same time. The course varies from unpaved fire roads to single lane areas with ruts, rocks, roots and changes in elevation. The course length is usually 16 to 22 miles for women and 22 to 28 miles for men. A race lasts about two hours. A cross-country bike has wide knobby wheels. Cross-country racing requires being alert to your surroundings, good bike-handling skills, and a driven, competitive nature.

Short Track Cross-Country is off-road racing on a short circuit It is an endurance event that gives spectators a chance to see more of the action. Short track races last about 20 minutes.

Schedule Of Events at Snowshoe Downhill Mountain Biking Race

July 17 

    – Practice

July 18

    – Practice, Qualifying for the non-championship Dual Slalom, and Finals for non-championship Downhill and Dual Slalom.

July 19

    – Practice, Finals for non-championship Cross-country, Qualifying for Dual Slalom championship, and Endurance championship stages 1 through 4.

July 20

    – Qualifying and Finals Dual Slalom championship, Cross-Country finals for some championship groups, and Endurance Championship stages 5 through 8.

July 21

    – Cross-Country finals, Seeding for Downhill finals, Finals for Dual Slalom Championship and Finals for Short Track Cross Country.

July 22

    – Finals for Downhill and Cross-Country in some age groups.

July 23

    – Finals for Downhill and Cross-Country.

Snowshoe Mountain Resort – Pocahontas County, WV

USA Cycling Snowshoe WVSnowshoe Ski Resort, in Pocahontas County, WV, is a great location for the 2017 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships because it is more than just a ski resort. It is a year-round destination with off-road tours, horseback riding, golf, swimming, other water activities, concerts, a spa, weddings, shopping, dining, lodging, and, of course, mountain biking. The bike park on Snowshoe Mountain has a 1,500 vertical foot descent and almost 40 trails with trails designed for first time riders, cross country lovers, and pro downhillers. They have trails for everyone. So plan to attend the 2017 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships and make Snowshoe WV your destination spot year-round.

 

WVU Mountaineer Camp

WVU Mountaineer Camp at Snowshoe WV

By on June 24, 2017

WVU Mountaineer campThere is no reason that the good times have to end when you leave Morgantown as the West Virginia Alumni Association makes it easier to ensure you can carry on all your favorite Mountaineer traditions long after you graduate. In fact, it seems that the Alumni Association has created a new tradition of its own with the exciting new WVU Mountaineer Camp.
 
The WVU Alumni Association has partnered with Snowshoe Ski Resort to hold two distinct styles of camps this summer, both of which are packed full of a huge array of outdoor activities and are sure to provide ample opportunities for singing ‘Country Roads’ along with your fellow Mountaineer alumni. These camps are a unique chance for alumni to reconnect with friends and former classmates, while enjoying the fantastic amenities of one of West Virginia’s top ski resorts and summer destinations.

Snowshoe Ski Resort

WVU Mountaineer CampLocated in Snowshoe WV, Snowshoe Ski Resort isn’t just for skiing as anyone who attends one of the WVU Mountaineer Camps will immediately realize. The mountains around Snowshoe West Virginia offer a beautiful, tranquil setting and absolutely endless possibilities for outdoor adventures. The resort itself is also home to fantastic restaurants, a world-class spa, fantastic golfing and a huge range of other modern amenities.

WVU Mountaineer Summer Camps in Snowshoe WV

This summer the WVU Alumni Association is offering two different camps geared towards different alumni audiences. As the name suggests, the WVU Mountaineer Family Camp is designed for alumni and their families and offers a variety of activities for the kids, the parents and the whole family. On the other hand, the WVU Mountaineer Adventure Camp is geared more towards a younger audience of more recent graduates and is more focused on action, adventure and adrenaline.

What You Need to Know About WVU Mountaineer Family Camp

Snowshoe West Virginia will be the site of two different WVU Mountaineer Family Camps, both of which offer seven action-packed days of family fun and adventure. The first camp is held from July 2 – 9, while the second session runs from August 6 – 13. Both camps are all-inclusive and limited to a total of 80 families.

WVU Mountaineer CampAlumni and their families will be staying in Center Village, right in the heart of the mountaintop resort and surrounded by numerous opportunities for shopping, dining, drinking and dancing. Families are free to design each day however they please, choosing from a huge number of available activities.

Start the day off with a delicious, hearty breakfast buffet before heading off to enjoy some of the area’s spectacular hiking or mountain biking trails. From there, ride the chairlift down to picturesque Shavers Lake, where you’ll disembark on a beach full of fun activities and games to test your skills. At night, the lakeside bonfire makes an ideal spot to roast a few s’mores before heading back to watch the nighttime movie under the stars.

Family yoga classes, children’s GeoCache treasure hunts, adult RZR trail riding and a family golf tournament are just a few of the many other highlights. You and the kids can test yourself on the climbing wall or Eurobungie or brush up on your cooking skills during the Mountaineer Chef Class and Family Cook Off.

WVU Mountaineer CampAll these activities are sure to make you hungry, but luckily you’ll be served three fabulous, filling meals a day. The kids are sure to love the lunchtime sundae bar, while everyone will fall in the love with the world-class BBQ ribs served at dinner. As an added bonus, you and your spouse can take advantage of the resort’s babysitter service to enjoy a romantic cuddle under the stars.

A World of Excitement Awaits at WVU Mountaineer Adventure Camp

From July 13 to 16, up to 300 WVU alumni will converge on Snowshoe for the Mountaineer Adventure Camp. This promises to be four of the wildest, most action-packed days of your life.

Mountain biking classes, hiking, off-road riding and plenty of food and drink are just a few of the many things participants can look forward to. After enjoying breakfast with your long-lost friends, you can head over to the lake to try your hand at stand-up paddleboard yoga or hit up the links for a quick 18 holes.

Breakfast is provided every morning, while you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy chef-prepared lunches and dinners at some of the resort’s outstanding restaurants. Try your hand at shooting sporting clays before heading over to the afternoon craft-beer happy hour. In the evening, trade stories and take turns buying rounds as you and your friends listen to the stylings of the WVU Bluegrass Band and other WVU musical ensembles.

The sheer number of activities on offer in and around the resort makes Snowshoe WV a blast no matter when you visit. However, the chance to enjoy all of these amenities alongside your friends, family and fellow Mountaineer alumni is sure to make the event that much more memorable. For this reason, it seems certain that these WVU Mountaineer Summer Camps are sure to be your new favorite alumni tradition.

GNCC Snowshoe

2017 GNCC Race Returns To Snowshoe WV

By on June 20, 2017

gncc logoThe GNCC Racing Series is back in action this weekend, and this time it’s heading back to its roots. Held on June 24 and 25, the GNCC Amsoil Snowshoe promises to one of the best events of the year as riders from all over the country put their ATV skills to the ultimate test in the toughest race of the GNCC tour.




The event is held at Snowshoe Mountain resort in Snowshoe WV; just a stone’s throw away from where the original GNCC race, the famed Blackwater 100, was held. To pay homage to the original, the GNCC Snowshoe begins in town in the picturesque Snowshoe village before continuing on up the mountain and traversing some of the most challenging off-road tracks in the country. Riders will be tested by steep hills, huge tree roots, sticky mud and massive bogs that threaten to put a premature end to many riders’ race.

Howard’s Hole

howards holeOne of the highlights of the event is undoubtedly Howard’s Hole, a huge bog that is often all but impassable if not for the help of fans who aren’t afraid to get a little dirty to help riders overcome this obstacle. The starting line is also a great place to be to experience the thrill the roaring engines and the riders taking off on their way across the course. Unlike typical GNCC races that feature a dead-engine start, the GNCC Snowshoe has a live-engine start that sees five riders taking off every 10 seconds to create a truly impressive scene that further adds to the excitement of this special event.

Of course, holding the event at Snowshoe Mountain also offers a level of amenities and luxuries not typically associated with cross-country ATV races. While the stunning natural beauty surrounding Snowshoe WV offers a wide array of picturesque views, attendees also have the opportunity to enjoy all of the world-class amenities and services offered within the village itself. From fantastic shopping and excellent dining opportunities to luxurious accommodations, lively nightlife, miles of mountain biking trails and an amazing mountaintop golf course, Snowshoe truly has something for everyone.

Blackwater 100 – Gone But Not Forgotten

GNCC SnowshoeIt is only fitting that the GNCC holds an event at Snowshoe Mountain seeing as the racing series got its start in nearby Blackwater. The original Blackwater 100 was considered America’s toughest race, and in keeping with this tradition, the GNCC Snowshoe course presents the biggest challenge racers will face all year. Combine the excitement of the year’s most challenging race with the fantastic surrounds of the resort and you’ve got the makings of one of the best ATV events in the country.
 
All tickets for the event include ski lift tickets to allow visitors to explore the fabulous hills and surroundings, and after the race is over, Snowshoe offers ample opportunities for dining with the family or a few drinks with friends. For all these reasons, the GNCC Snowshoe is the place to be this weekend.
Wanderlust Snowshoe

Wanderlust Experience Returns To Snowshoe WV

By on June 5, 2017

Wanderlust SnowshoeWanderlust is returning to the Snowshoe Ski Resort June 9th to 11th, 2017 and is bringing with it a wide range of exhilarating activities and experiences for attendees to enjoy. Hosted at the Snowshoe Mountain Resort, visitors will be surrounded by the beauty of Pocahontas County and the Allegheny Mountains where they’ll engage in amazing experiences and hear great thinkers across multiple scheduled lectures.

Tons Of Activities At The Wanderlust Festival

This year the Wanderlust adventure brings a wide range of activities including Yoga, meditation workshops, hooping sessions, Slacklining, Aerial Yoga, and rock climbing.Wanderlust Snowshoe Standup paddleboard yoga will also be available on the gorgeous Shavers Lake. The numerous teachers and activities coordinators make sure there is truly something new for everyone. The beautiful Snowshoe Mountain provides the perfect setting for mountain biking as well as hikes and runs. Guided meditation workshops with the renowned Kundalini teacher Kia Miller and other experts will also be available. Best selling author Kate Northrup, Dr Mark Goulston, and many others will be providing intimate Speakeasy lectures. Discussing everything from personal development and growth to community and political activism one thing is certain; each comes with a passion and a message to help you get the most out of this life changing weekend at the Snowshoe Ski Resort.

Enjoy Music at Wanderlust Festival

Wanderlust SnowshoeMusicians will be jamming out all day at Rue Boheme, inspiring chill times with friends as well as spontaneous dance parties. At night, performances by artists such as Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears, Jamestown Revival, and many others will reverberate through the village of Snowshoe WV giving you a chance to wind down and celebrate with new friends. Come out and enjoy some soothing tunes while wrapping up a wonderful day in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia.

Local Flavors Nourish The Body & Soul

The Wanderlust experience nourishes the body as well as the soul. Sustainable and local food offerings will keep you energized throughout the day. Scrumptious Family Style, Farm-To-Table, and organic dinners are offered and are made fresh. Festival goers should also be sure to check out Cooking Channel TV chef Jason Wrobel of the series How To Live to 100!

Family-Friendly Activities at Wanderlust Snowshoe

Wanderlust SnowshoeFamilies are welcome to explore the Kula market, mingle with artists across the various installations, and enjoy meals at the food co-op. Children 13 and under are free and should be accompanied by a ticketed adult. Youth 14 and older are also welcome and will require a ticket to attend. The list of amazing opportunities presented by Wanderlust Snowshoe are endless. Local vendors, healthy snack tastings, wine and spirit samples, pool parties, and pop-up performances barely scratch the surface of what visitors to this magical place can expect. Wanderlust promises to be a transformative experience full of friends, fun, and the opportunity to grow and learn. Tickets can be purchased for all three days or in the form of day passes. Music-only tickets are also available.

Cranberry Glades

Cranberry Glades – An Ecological Gem Nestled in Pocahontas County WV

By on May 8, 2017

Cranberry GladesCranberry Glades Botanical Area is nestled between the Cranberry, Kennison, and Black Mountains of the Monongahela National Forest, in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. Just a beautiful four hour drive from Washington, D.C., on the Highland Scenic Highway, this amazing ecologically abundant land was established as a National Natural Landmark in 1974. These glades are nestled high in the mountains at the altitude of 3,400 feet, which lend to the unusual eco-system of The Glades.

The Glades, located near Snowshoe WV, claim a collection of five boreal-type bogs. Thanks to the frigid winters and warm summers of the region, and the collection of coniferous trees in the area lent to the development of the healthy bog environs. The bogs found here resemble many of the Canadian Bogs found much further north in considerably colder climes. Right here in the Monongahela area, the bog’s high acidic nature support vegetation usually found at the higher latitudes. The area with its remarkable vegetation has brought many to The Glades for scientific study since the 1930s.

Walking the Boardwalks of Cranberry Glades

Cranberry GladesWooden boardwalks in the botanical area, along with well-groomed hiking paths of The Glades supports a pleasurable hiking experience for veteran hikers and families alike. The southern sites along the way may offer a hiker a chance to view several unusual critters eating the wild skunk cabbage and other vegetation. Despite the area’s northern climate, a hiker can spot some incredible species. Many animals that inhabit this region include the American Black Bear, West Virginian Flying Squirrel, white-tailed deer, coyote, Red fox, and in the evenings the more nocturnal beavers can be heard working away. For birders, the American Bald Eagle, Eastern Screech Owl, Swainon’s, Hermit thrushes, Nashville, Mourning Warblers, Purple Finches, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper Hawk have been known to be sighted. Visitors are asked to stay on the paths and boardwalks to help maintain the highly sensitive ecological environs.

Unusual Flora of the Glades

The list of flora is long thanks to the richness of the soils and climate of the bog plains. Along with the typical mountain conifers, mosses are abundant in the area. They include the sphagnum moss, bird-wheat moss, bog moss, and reindeer lichen. Cranberry vines bloom high above the moss in summer brining fruit in the fall. Over the centuries, two species of plants found in the region are carnivorous. Due to the lack of nourishment from the ground, these plants evolved to survive from food on the surface. Hikers can marvel at the Purple Pitcher plant and the sundew, the carnivorous plants that have survived in the bogs over the ages. The sights, sounds and splendor of natural beauty of The Cranberry Glades are just waiting to attract families, naturalists and students of ecology to the remarkable region in Pocahontas County of West Virginia.

Summer at Snowshoe WV

Summer Fun at Snowshoe West Virginia

By on May 1, 2017

Snowshoe WV Shavers LakeWith over 57 trails spanning 251 acres of well-tended ski terrain, Snowshoe West Virginia is well known as one of the finest snow skiing destinations east of the Mississippi. But, it also happens to be one of the best destinations for those seeking outdoor fun in the summer. There are plenty of activities available for the entire family at this mountain resort which is located in the middle of the Monongahela National Forest. The nearby Elk Spring Resort is a great place for fly fishing on the beautiful Elk River. There are lessons available for the beginner and a quality fly shop for the experienced fisher. There’s also the Elk River restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
 
With 11,000 acres of pristine wilderness, Snowshoe West Virginia is a great place to get some hiking and biking done while enjoying the majestic views all around the mountain. Trails range from easy to hard on the difficulty scale. If you’re a little tired from other activities, segway trails are also available. Geocache hunts allow hikers to sharpen their treasure hunting skills by using maps and GPS systems to find hidden caches spread around the vast hiking area of the resort.
 
snowshoe wv polarisPolaris RZR tours are available for off-road enthusiasts. The four seat UTV winds around the countryside for an hour and a half ride over all kinds of challenging terrain. If more adrenaline is desired, there are also zip line rides available.
 
Professionally-trained range masters are available to guide you through the fine art of shooting clays. The multi-stand courses wind through a beautiful wooded setting.
 
The kids will enjoy a fun day at Camp Wildcat where they can swim, rock climb, canoe, paddle boat and take part in other nature activities. Activities are available for ages 5 through 15.
 
Raven Golf CourseFor the golfer, the Raven Golf Course at Snowshoe West Virginia is a Gary Player Signature course that features rolling terrain with some changes in elevation that are measured in hundreds of feet from the teeing ground down to the fairway. The mountain setting is full of incredible scenic vistas. A very friendly pro shop, as the club’s staff will take that extra step to make your golfing experience at the course very memorable indeed. They offer a golf club bag storage area, a quick-service driving range and a well-maintained putting green. Even the food and beverage personnel go out of their way to ensure your meal goes without any problems. 

 

 

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West Virginia’s Greenbrier River Trail

By on April 23, 2017

As if West Virginia wasn’t one of the tourist jewels of the U.S. already, one of the most popular sites in the state is the Greenbrier River Trail. The creativity of West Virginia’s State Park system took a former railroad site within the Greenbrier County and created a lush recreational venue 77 miles long. The appeal of Greenbrier River Trail is the location that evokes memories of West Virginia’s history.

Greenbrier River TrailWelcome To The Greenbrier Trail

The attraction of the Greenbrier River that wends its way through this region provides a calming effect and a kind of “back to nature” aura tourists love. The former rail that once ran through this area is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to spend a week or two communing with nature or enjoying all that the Greenbrier River Trail has to offer. For example, the Greenbrier River Trail is a hiker’s dream. With a nearly 80-mile long hiking trail, hikers have a chance to breathe fresh, clean West Virginia air and enjoy glorious scenery. Start your hike in Marlinton, an old train depot and hike southward through a well forested area.

If hiking isn’t a your reason to visit Greenbrier River Trail, there is the lure of numerous activities like swimming, bicycling, backpacking, and horseback riding.

With the Greenbrier River in close proximity, there’s an opportunity to explore river activities like paddle boating in the warm West Virginia sunshine.

If you are an avid photographer, Greenbrier River Trail will not disappoint. Between the rolling landscape, the natural flora and fauna, the true essence of West Virginia is ready and waiting to be captured.

The Greenbrier River Trail is an ethereal idyll in winter that is simply breathtaking. People also come from miles away to enjoy cross-country skiing and the ample snowfall. Nearby Snowshoe WV provides for a winter wonderland of downhill skiing and snow-tubing.

Greenbrier River Trail
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Greenbrier River Trail – An Escape from the Hustle and Bustle

Busy lives create greater levels of stress. It’s easy to understand why seeking tranquil places for vacation is a priority. Greenbrier River Trail prides itself on catering to the needs of individuals and families seeking an escape from all of the hustle and bustle. Greenbrier River Trail provides the kind of solitude that many seek. This is balanced by a round of outdoor activities.

Cabins and campsites open in Greenbrier State Forest from mid-April until closing in October. Cabins are limited so reserve early. Also visit Mountaintop Condos for nearby condo rentals.

Beartown State Park

Why You’ll Want to Visit Beartown State Park

By on April 10, 2017

Beartown State ParkBeartown State Park, located near Snowshoe WV, contains 107 acres of natural area on Droop Mountain’s eastern summit. The main objective of the park is to preserve nature and not to over-develop the region. A boardwalk provides visitors easy access to the area. Visitors are able to walk along the boardwalk to view the various rock formations throughout the park. Basic facilities are available for the visitors’ convenience. Signs included on the boardwalk guide people through the area’s points of interest.




This park is open each day from April through October. Visitors can enjoy boating, fishing and swimming in Benedict Pond during the warm months. In addition, they can traverse the trails to see the various wildlife species in the park that include such animals as bobcats, deer and black bears. There also is a wide assortment of wildflowers, shrubs and other plants to behold.




This park closes for the winter season. However, you can still walk on the boardwalk throughout the cold, winter months. In addition, visitors can traverse through the wilderness areas using snowshoes, skis and other snow gear. Regardless of the season, the park is free to enter.

Why the Name Beartown?

The local residents named this park Beartown because of the many openings in the rock formations, which bears may use as winter dens for hibernation. In addition to these cave-like openings, there are narrow, deep crevasses that create a crisscross pattern similar to streets in a city.




Park is Famous for Unique Rock Formations

Beartown State ParkBeartown State Park is famous for its unique rock formations made up of droop sandstone. This stone came about during the Pennsylvanian Age. Overhanging cliffs, deep crevasses and massive boulders await visitors of this park. Vegetation amazingly grows in the cracks of these rock formations. Snow and ice remain into late summer some years in the deeper crevasses.




This park is full of natural beauty and nature lovers everywhere should take advantage of the chance to explore this interesting park. People make return visits to this park and find something new each time they visit. It is one of our favorite places to enjoy nature. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes with traction as some places become slippery when wet. Come see it for yourself today!